Sky Cinema & Netflix Releases
Life Itself (4th Jan)
Set to be released on Sky Cinemas, this romantic drama, written and directed by Dan Fogelman, follows a young New York City couple (Oscar Isaac and Olivia Wilde) who go from college romance to marriage and to the birth of their first child, as the unexpected twists of their journey create reverberations that echo over continents and through lifetimes. The film also stars Olivia Cooke, Annette Bening, and Antonio Banderas.
Velvet Buzzsaw (1st Feb)
Set to be released on Netflix, this horror-thriller written and directed by Dan Gilroy stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Zawe Ashton, Rene Russo, Natalia Dyer, Tom Sturridge, Daveed Diggs, Toni Collette, John Malkovich and Billy Magnussen. It follows big money artists and mega-collectors who pay a high price when art collides with commerce.
Isn’t It Romantic (14th Feb)
Set to be released on Netflix, the film is directed by Todd Strauss-Schulson and stars Rebel Wilson, Liam Hemsworth, Adam DeVine, and Priyanka Chopra. It follows a woman who, after getting hit on the head, wakes up in a world where everything around her plays out like a romantic comedy film.
Serenity (1st March)
Another Sky Cinemas release, written and directed by Steven Knight, Matthew McConaughey plays a grizzled fishing boat captain who has gone off-grid in the Caribbean. However, his past comes back to haunt him when his ex-wife (Anne Hathaway) tracks him down with a proposition – to lure her violent new husband (Jason Clarke) onto this boat and drop him in the ocean for the sharks. However, it’s not as simple as that.
Hotel Mumbai (TBC)
Set to be released on Sky Cinemas and directed by Anthony Maras, the film is centred around the devastating terror attacks throughout the Indian metropolis of Mumbai in November 2008, as Jihadi terrorists lay siege to the iconic Taj Palace Hotel, whose guests and staff became trapped in a fight for survival. The film stars Dev Patel, Armie Hammer, Nazanin Boniadi, Jason Isaacs, and Anupam Kher.
Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (TBC)
Set to be released on Sky Cinemas and directed by Oscar-nominated documentary-maker Joe Berlinger, the film stars Zac Efron as celebrity serial killer Ted Bundy, the smooth-talking charmer who murdered at least 30 women during the 1970s. His torrid story is told through the eyes of longtime girlfriend, Elizabeth Kloepfer (Lily Collins), who refused to believe the truth about him for years. It also stars John Malkovich, Kaya Scodelario and Jim Parsons.
Peter Berg directs another film released straight onto Netflix with this crime mystery based on the novel of the same name by Ace Atkins, which is in turn based on a character created by Robert B. Parker. The film stars Mark Wahlberg, Winston Duke, Post Malone, Alan Arkin, Iliza Shlesinger, and Bokeem Woodbine, and follows an ex-felon named Spenser who returns to Boston’s criminal underworld to unravel a twisted murder conspiracy.
High Flying Bird (TBC)
A surprise release from Steven Soderbergh this year which is set to be released on Netflix, It follows a sports agent who pitches a rookie basketball client on an intriguing and controversial business opportunity during a lockout. The film stars André Holland, Zazie Beetz, Melvin Gregg, Sonja Sohn, Zachary Quinto, Glenn Fleshler, Jeryl Prescott, Justin Hurtt-Dunkley, Caleb McLaughlin, Bobbi Bordley, Kyle MacLachlan and Bill Duke. Not a lot else is known at this time, but it looks like the film will again be shot using an iPhone, like with Soderbergh’s recent film, Unsane.
Triple Frontier (TBC)
A final release by Netflix, which is directed by J. C. Chandor, the film follows five former Special Forces operatives (Ben Affleck, Oscar Isaac, Charlie Hunnam, Garrett Hedlund, and Pedro Pascal) who reunite to plan a heist in a sparsely populated multi-border zone of South America. For the first time in their prestigious careers, these unsung heroes undertake this dangerous mission for self instead of country. But when events take an unexpected turn and threaten to spiral out of control, their skills, their loyalties and their morals are pushed to a breaking point in an epic battle for survival. I’ll be watching this for that impressive cast alone!